Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake Loaf

When we were driving down to New Orleans, I was looking through the new Southern Living magazine and lo and behold it was full of pound cake recipes.  What Southern girl worth her salt doesn’t LOVE pound cake?!

I do, I do!

We grew up on rich, buttery pound cake.  I was just over in Atlanta again with my family and look what I spied as soon as I came in the door to my parent’s house.Anything under a silver dome this pretty and vintage has to be delectable, huh? Yep, it is!  As good as it looks.  The glaze is very lemony and it’s a delish cake.  Right out of  Southern Living.  She says she is going to try some of the others too.  I told her when I move back in with them that I just can’t be eating cake ALL the time.  She promised some low-fat desserts too.OK, I can live with that. 🙂

Just in case you’d like to try this one, here’s the recipe right out of Southern Living:

Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake Loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp. lemon zest

1 cup sweetened flake coconut, divided

Lemon Glaze

Whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp. milk, and 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, adding an additional 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time for desired consistency.

  1. Preheat oven to 325*.  Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy.   Gradually add sugar, beating until light & fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.
  2. Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning & ending with flour mixture.  Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.  Stir in lemon zest & 1/2 cup coconut.  Pour batter into a greased & floured 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 325* for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack & cool completely (about 1 hour).
  4. Spoon Lemon Glaze over cake & sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup coconut.

It’s a good one, so I hope you’ll try it too.  Loved that lemon glaze!

- Rhoda


  1. Looks yummy! I kept my Grandmother’s cake dome when she passed away. Many good memories of yummy cakes in her kitchen.

  2. My grandmother who passed away last September at the age of 99 had a cake plate and dome just like the one pictured. My mom has it now and I asked her if it came together or if it was something Granny had put together. I guess I have my answer now. Thanks for sharing. The cake looks yummy too. You cannot beat Southern Living recipes.

  3. That cake dome so reminded me of my Grandmoma! She had one just like it and her pound cake was out of this world good.
    Steve would enjoy this lemony one…I’ll have to give it a whirl.

  4. This is so funny, the first 3 comments are about the cake dome and plate and that’s exactly the first thing that I thought of when I saw the first picture…”My Granny had that same cake dome!” Oh, and my Granny was a southern lady from Alabama. I’m going to have to try the cake, but I know what you mean about not being able to have it all the time!!

  5. That cake looks so delicious.
    Thank you for posting the recipe.

  6. Yummy! I can smell it from here!

  7. Oh my, that sounds and looks soooooo good. Thank you for sharing, I need to make this for my hubby. Two favorites, lemon and coconut.

    Have a God Filled Day

  8. Debbie V. says:

    Looks delicious – I’m definitely trying this recipe! Thanks for posting it.

  9. I’m writing this recipe down right now! Perfect for a spring thing get together with the girls! thanks for sharing it with us!

  10. Your mama’s cake looks better than the one in SL! Since I am now a southern gal myself, I figured I’d best get to baking my first pound cake. I tried the Strawberry Cream Cheese pound cake and although it was good, it resembled the Grand Canyon….any pound cake tips for the beginner?

  11. Oh my goodness does that cake look good! (And, yes, the cake dome is beautiful but I want a piece of that cake!). Coconut makes everything wonderful and lemon certainly sounds delightful in the dreary Northwest!

  12. I have an identical cake plate and dome that belonged to my grandmother. She always had a cake baked for anyone that might drop by to see her and my grandfather. Such sweet memories…

  13. My first thought when I saw the top picture was: how nice it will be for you to spend time at home in that cozy kitchen with a cake-baking mom. My second thought was : I must get a vintage cake dome like that. I love the Southern tradition of pound cake “on hand” with sweet tea. Your mother’s cake is a beauty.

  14. Hi Rhoda,
    That looks and sounds so amazing! I love pound cake, in the past I have made one for Christmas with maraschino or canned cherries in it. So good! Hard to believe that you grew up eating pound cake as slim as you are.
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. What a sweet momma you have! Enjoy every minute you have with her!


  16. Hi Rhoda! Anything with a lemon glaze is right up my alley and I loved seeing all of those pound cakes in my Southern Living too. I was thinking how Spring-y they all sounded! Thanks for sharing this one with us! 🙂
    P.S. My sister and I launched a new blog together and we would love to have you stop by sometime if you get a chance!

  17. I LOVE lemon pound cake and that silver cake dome brought back such fond memories of my great grandmother – she had one just like it!

  18. Oh yummers Rhoda! Wow!
    Your Mama is such a sweetheart!!
    Sending you much love my dear friend!


  19. Ohhhhhh YUM! That looks so delicious!
    I love the SL cake recipes…THANKS for sharing this one along with the photos! 🙂

  20. Growing up in Alabama, everyone had a cake dome just like your mom’s. You can’t go wrong with a pound cake and sweet tea. Pound cake is the only cake I really like. Once again, your post has taken me home without spending hours flying and sitting in airports. Thanks!

  21. Oh Rhoda,

    I can taste the goodness by just looking at that photograph! I am going to make this for Thomas and my mother. Thank you for sharing.

    Your Friend,

  22. I love coconut and I love lemon!!! You KNOW I will be trying this one.

    Thanks so much.

  23. Downright dangerous! But I still want it. 🙂

    Good to hear from you Rhoda!


  24. I”m sure this is straight out of my grandmother’s kitchen! I can’t wait to give the pound cake a try. I love anything lemon:) Come join me for What’s On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can.

  25. I’m watching what I eat…trying hard, but I passed this recipe on to my Mom. She LOVES anything lemony.


  26. Stop torturing us! It looks delicious. It is interesting reading the comments. My grandmother had that cake cover too and she makes a mean coconut cake with a 7 minute icing….makes me want to go visit her. She is 90 and my mom said she just made a cake a few weeks ago. I love your house particularly the arrangement of plates on the wall and the arrangement with the birdhouse, picture frame, gallery wall with fleur de lis and bunny heads. It is so beautiful.

  27. Oh.my.goodness. That looks soo good! I must bake one this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  28. LOVE me some pound cake…….I see some serious temptations coming along with deserts and Mom’s 🙂
    Hope you are doing well…..

  29. Rhoda,

    One of my favorite dessert is lemon pound cake. When I was pregnant with my son, my old neighbor would bring me cakes like this and I simply cannot find any recipe like that one. I still crave it!

    I’ll try this one later one. I’ll bake it with my kids after I get my son from school. 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Have a Blessed day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  30. Rhoda that pound cake looks delish!! I am definitely trying it. Martina

  31. Oh my gravy! My mouth is watering. I will make this for Easter.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe….your blog is delightful.

  32. I love SL! I live in OK, and while supposedly we’re still “South”, you couldn’t tell it from all of the magazines!

    My go-to pound cake for Christmas gift giving is SL’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake (I think they put in the 1996 annual book? Might have been 99). That cake has people calling me and saying “SEND ME THE CAKE THIS YEAR”. Yes, I baked/mailed cakes for years (being military, it was cheaper to do it that way than to hand deliver to friends/family).

    I will have to get the latest issue, even though my DH doesn’t care for pound cake (I do. He’ll have to deal with it somehow, lol).

  33. My Great-Grandmother had a cake dome that looked just like that. She passed away in her early 80’s about 20 years ago and I didnt even remember it until I saw the picture of your Mom’s dome! Great memories. 🙂

  34. Barbara Graves says:

    Thanks. I’m sure I gained 5 lbs just looking at the picture!! There is nothing better than pound cake. Well, maybe, pound cake with coffee, served on the veranda, overlooking the gulf……
    I see pound cake in my near future; the rest, still daydreaming…

  35. Hi Rhoda. I just featured YOU and this recipe on my blog today! 🙂 Thanks for all your wonderful blogging and inspiration. You’re an amazing woman!! xox Sarah @ NorthwestHospitality.org

  36. Elizabeth Hunt says:

    That cake looks lucious. Love that cake dome. Your Mom will spoil you all over again.

  37. Oh, this looks heavenly!! My two favorites (lemon and coconut) combined, it is just calling my name!
    And I just love that cake dome!!

  38. Melinda Jordan says:

    Rhoda, I just had to comment on the covered cake plate with the Lemon Pound Cake. I have my grandmother’s covered cake plate and it looks just like your mothers.

  39. I will be making that this weekend for sure! It looks amazing!

  40. I think I may have found heaven from the oven. If this were any more perfect, it would include cheesecake in there somewhere! I can’t wait to try this! I think it is great that things like this are passed down. I grew up here in the States, and most of my family is in Peru so things like this cake dome are few and far between for me. Thanks for sharing!

  41. I relied on the comments and made 4 loaves at once. I bake A LOT, and I’m always looking for new recipes. Loaves and Bundts are my favourites, so of course this just caught my eye. One word..AMAZING!
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

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